In Honor of Rita Henley Jensen

Rita Henley Jensen, Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emerita of Women’s eNews, Dies at 70

Rita Henley Jensen, a prize-winning investigative reporter, a domestic violence survivor and a fighter for women’s rights who founded Women’s eNews, an online news service covering gender inequality  and other feminist issues, died on Wednesday.  She was 70. The cause was breast cancer, which she had beaten twice before.

“We put women and girls on the front page,” Henley Jensen said, describing what set Women’s eNews apart from most major news organizations.

She changed the media landscape by launching Women’s eNews. During her years as editor-in-chief from 2000 to late May 2016, she hired scores of women and girls as freelance writers from around the world and mentored dozens of women in her New York newsroom. She expanded the coverage with an Arabic website in 2003. Women’s eNews racked up 46 awards during her tenure. Ms. Magazine said the success of Women’s eNews showed what happens when an editor decides that women and girls matter.


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